Capturing the Music Scene of the Pacific Northwest

Jamie Smith

(Kim Archer)

 

Jamie Smith is a Pacific Northwest-based photographer and documentary filmmaker. She has been working with local artists, nonprofits, and community organizers to help them share their stories and connect with their communities since 2017.

 

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As a music photographer, Smith has covered national touring artists, including the Polyrhythmics, Allen Stone, and ZZ Ward, as well as local favorites like Kim Archer and the Thunderpussies.

 

Smith enjoys a wide range of music, including jazz, blues, folk, rap, rock, and funk. She loves music too much to ever choose a favorite artist, but she is inspired by womxn who push the boundaries and claim space in a male-dominated industry. She listens to a lot of Sara Bareilles, Alicia Keys, and Brandi Carlile. And she also appreciates old jazz and blues from Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Ma Rainey. More recently, she tunes into breakthrough artists like Sammy Rae and the Friends, Katie Pruitt, and Dessa.

 

(Orgone)

 

Smith is drawn to photography, as well as music, because she considers them to be powerful storytelling mediums. Since 2019, she has refocused her business to work more exclusively with womxn, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ artists and organizations. Smith is passionate about using her skills and experience to amplify the voices of these and other marginalized communities.

 

(Thunderpussies)

 

(ZZ Ward)

 

All images copyright © Jamie Smith

 

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